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Derrick Rose on his 2018 Free Agency: “Next time… you’ve got to pay me double”

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Derrick Rose’s unfortunate career decline due to injury has been well documented. Once considered the best player in the NBA, taking home the 2011 NBA MVP Award, the three-time All-Star has been battling with a number of career threatening injuries including an ACL tear in 2012, a torn meniscus in 2013/14 and a number of associated injuries.

After leaving Chicago for New York last season, Rose was uninspiring as the Knicks starting point guard and his hoping that this season, as a key cog on the Cleveland Cavaliers, he’ll be able to get himself back to the Derrick Rose levels of play that we’ve seen him at before.

Rose signed a veterans minimum $2.1 million one-year deal with the Cavs this off-season, deciding to bet on himself, playing on a contender alongside the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Kevin Love.

With Thomas missing the start of the season, Rose will have a sizable chunk of the season at the starting point guard spot. A great opportunity for himself to get minutes and prove to the rest of the NBA that he’s healthy.

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Today, Rose spoke to reporters about why he decided to take the vet min and ‘bet on himself’ in Cleveland, saying that his play this season will be a chance to get teams to “pay me double” when he hits free agency this off-season, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

“I get a chance to reintroduce myself back to the league,” Rose said. “I get to bet on myself. That was one of the reasons I came here, I get to bet on myself. And I’m from Chicago, I’ve got that hustling side; it’s in me, man. Next time you’ve got to pay me, you’ve got to pay me double, so it’s fine with me.”

It’s an awesome quote from Rose… But, seeing as he’s making $2.1 million… Pretty likely that he’ll be able to demand double that salary next year just from staying healthy. It’s lip talk but I expect that Rose means that he’ll expect teams to pay him a lot more than double.

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